U.S. Elections: Gerrymandering

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Suggested Subject Headings

  • Apportionment
  • Election Districts
  • Gerrymandering
  • Reapportionment

Suggested Keywords

  • Redistricting
  • Gerrymandering or Gerrymander

Redistricting Resources

Congressional Redistricting

Documentaries at PSU Library

What is Gerrymandering?

Gerrymandering: How drawing jagged lines can impact an election by Christina Greer for TED-Ed (Oct. 25, 2012)

Gerrymandering Etymology

First published in the Boston Gazette in March 26, 1812, satirists claimed Governor Elbridge Gerry's new district looked like a salamander, later called a Gerrymander.

Critics of Governor Elbridge Gerry's redistricting map of 1812 claimed the electoral districts looked like a salamander, which was later called the Gerry-mander"

Oregon Redistricting

In Oregon, redistricting is defined by Or. Const. Art. IV, § 7 and Or. Rev. Stat. § 188.010
Requirements for state legislative districts: 

  • Contiguous, Preserve Political Subdivisions, Preserve Communities of Interest
  • Prohibits  Intentionally Favor Party, Incumbent or Person

Requirements for Congressional Districts

  • Contiguous, Preserve Political Subdivisions, Preserve Communities of Interest
  • Prohibits Intentionally Favor Party, Incumbent or Person.